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Municipal Heritage Committee adds summer student

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The city’s Municipal Heritage Committee is looking for support to continue to hire a summer student in the coming years.

Peter Handley, Committee Chair, says they received government support for a hire this year and are requesting ongoing support from the Community Services Committee of Council in the coming years.

“If we are to continue serving the city in a meaningful way a summer hiring is a necessity,” he says. “I would ask that for 2022 you would consider giving the Municipal Heritage Committee an exemption to the no summer student decision or increase our $2,600 budget by $5,000 so we can handle a hiring within our own budget.”

The summer student would be responsible for special projects over and above the committee’s core mandate like a podcast, updating the Municipal Heritage Site Guide and coordinating other programs like the Youth Photography Contest.

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Councillor Johanne Brousseau, Chair of Community Services Committee, said the budget request will be discussed during the city’s 2022 budget deliberations.

On top of welcoming new members to the Heritage Committee, Handley detailed their work in his presentation to Council.

“We’re in the final stages of preparing a Heritage Site plaque honouring Main Street and our third Youth Photography Contest is in the works,” he says. “After a 2020 education update from the Ministry we’re discussing the possibility of designating or recognizing some park areas with the appropriate authorities.”

Handley also says they hope to get back to evaluating structures, depending on the situation around the pandemic.

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